A game plan for maintaining your gym floors this winter!

Out of all of the rooms in a school, the gym is the one that has the most wear and tear. Gyms are rarely used for just physical activities anymore – all different types of functions take place in gyms. This is why it is so important to put together a plan for gym floor care.



The best way to plan for how to care for your gym floor is to know why types of damage they are prone to. Concentrated traffic is one of the main reasons a gym floor gets damaged. Think about a basketball game – the majority of activity (stopping, starting, jumping) is concentrated to just a small area – much more so then the perimeters or under bleacher areas.


Tips for putting together a great gym floor care plan:


#1:Gym floor maintenance starts as soon as someone walks in the door.  By adding entrance matting, you eliminate a great deal of the soils that could potentially be tracked onto the floors.


#2: You then need to create a dust mop routine – removing the dry soil regularly can reduce the potential of them becoming ground into the floor. This also helps extend the life a floor and keep it looking good.


#3: Spot cleaning during events also plays a strong roll in maintaining clean floors – particularly during sporting events (ie. liquie spills)


#4: One of the most important things you can do for a floor is to properly seal and coat it


All of these things combine will help extend the life of your gym floor, and protect it so that it lasts! Need help setting up your Gym Floor Plan? Contact a specialist at Pike Systems at 630.896.6373


Breaking News! Antibacterial Hand Soaps must now prove germ-killing claims


A new US proposal has been passed that now requires antibacterial hand washes to prove that they are more safe and healthy than plain soaps.  The rising concern for antibacterial hand soaps started because of the commonly used ingredient: Triclosan, which has been linked to hormone imbalances and antibiotic resistance. This new standard could affect as many as 2,000 soap products (excludes Purell which is alcohol based)


Read the full report here!


Hand Hygiene During the Holidays

Tis the season for enjoying the company of our family and friends, for shopping sprees to malls to find the perfect gifts, for office parties . . . and a lot more human interaction than the norm.  Its the time of  year for handshakes and hugs.  It’s then no coincidence that colds and flus tend to be spread just as much as holiday joy.

This holiday season, Pike Systems wants to remind you just how important hand hygiene is in the reduction of germ spread and illness.  It is so important to clean your hands frequently.


Below is a fun video that also shows the right way to wash hands (for at least 20 seconds!)



Recommended times to clean hands:

  • Before Eating
  • Before, during and after food preparation
  • After using the restroom
  • After coughing, sneezing, or caring for someone who is ill
  • After taking the garbage out
  • After petting animals

Happy Holidays from Pike Systems – and don’t forget, wash your hands!


Pike Systems Rings in the New Year with a Launch of Ecommerce Website

Pike Systems is excited to announce that we are making it even easier for you to get the cleaning supplies, equipment, and information that you need! Coming this January, Pike Systems will start offering online ordering and product information, including pictures and detailed descriptions. 1,000’s of products will be just a click away!


  • Your customer account is already set up – just contact us for your log-in
  • Industry specific pages allow you to navigate directly to what you need
  • You will have access to a variety of information that goes well beyond just the product: pictures, tech sheets, product literature, safety data sheets, parts diagrams, and more!
  • Access to our site 24/7 from a computer, tablet, or cell phone making information available at the click of a button


Sustainable Floor Care Solutions

Pike Systems has introduced sustainable floor care solutions to relieve clients of the laborious cycle of stripping floors and refinishing them.

Pike Systems’ president Howard Tiedt stated; “Our floor programs allow our customers to restore their floors once and then take care of them through a routine cleaning program which improves the appearance while eliminating the supply costs associated with stripping and refinishing. As a local independent distributor, Pike Systems has the advantage of sourcing items from multiple manufacturers which allows us to offer solutions that meet the challenges our clients face today.”


Pike Systems has a program for various floor surfaces including, synthetic floors, terrazzo floors, wood floors, VCT, and concrete. Contact us for a detailed survey of the floor surfaces in your facility.